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The Politically Incorrect Guide to Hunting (Politically Incorrect Guides) Paperback – August 21, 2007
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Nothing is more hated--and more misunderstood--by the trendy Left than hunting. But now intrepid hunter and pro-hunting activist Frank Miniter sets the record straight. In The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to Hunting, he details the concrete benefits that hunting provides to all of us--even how it helps the environment. Speaking with wildlife biologists, hunters, farmers, anti-hunters, and victims of animal attacks, Miniter explains how banning hunting negatively affects wildlife populations and conservation. Miniter's fearless, politically incorrect take on hunting lays out the facts that liberal enviro-nuts don't want you to know, including:
*How a well-intentioned policy of "live and let live" with Florida alligators resulted in human deaths
*Why you're more likely to be attacked by a bear in an area where hunting is forbidden, such as a national park
*Why non-lethal alternatives to hunting don't work to control animal populations
*Why even vegetarians depend on hunting for their dinner (especially those who demand organic or locally grown food)
*How hunters are wildlife's best defenders--far more effective than big-budget "green" groups
*How deer cause more human deaths each year than sharks, cougars, bears, and alligators combined
*Why hunting is statistically safer for kids than football, bicycling, and tennis
If you love hunting, you need to arm yourself with The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to Hunting, so that the next time you encounter an anti-hunter, you'll be equipped to shoot down politically correct myths and defend this great American sport against all attacks.
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Possibly Miniter's book could be retitled "how hunting saves lives." Hunting seems to be a particularly cost effective way of saving people's lives. Deer collusions with cars kill 130 to 200 people a year and send 26,647 to hospitals. Deer also benefit from being hunted. One of my favorite chapters was how vegitarians are better off because hunting lowers the cost of farming in many ways.
But with the number of hunters declining in the US, not only as a share of the population but in absolute numbers, hopefully a lot of people will read Miniter's book.
"The Politically Incorrect Guide to Hunting" demonstrates first of all how being an experienced hunter is an irreplaceable asset in understanding ecology. The knowledge Miniter gives of animal behaviour in particular, beats what I learned about environmental management as a student. Especially noteworthy is how he shows hunters must know a great deal about the behaviour deer and more essentially bears to hunt them at all. In a later chapter Miniter shows how this knowledge is needed to merely devise potential means of stopping animal-related accidents on roads and railways.
One good thing about "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Hunting" is that Miniter focuses enough on the practical benefits of hunting to avoid being too ideological. Indeed, in contrast to most other "Politically Incorrect Guides", he does not follow the hard-line track so beloved of Human Events. Ample space is given to the potential negative effects of unregulated hunting on private land before Theodore Roosevelt, which is welcome from a publisher that too often omits anything that does not suit its arguments. Like ...Read more ›
Happily the book doesn't bog down in a sea of statistics. The author is clearly a natural storyteller and writes with a sense of humor about the topic that makes for easy reading.
This is an excellent book.
Unfortunately, it seems the publishing house has done as much as it possibly can to marginalize this book and keep it out of the hands of those who most need to read it.
That's a pity.
Why do I say the publisher has marginalized this book?
Simple. If you want to convert non-believers to your way of thinking, it's probably best NOT to start off the conversation by poking your finger in their eye and calling them names.
Sadly, however, that is what Regnery Publishing's "Politically Incorrect Guide" series is all about.
This series is not meant to convert people to anything, but to give die-hard conservatives a few cheap debating points to score against the Loony Left.
Which is fine, as far as it goes, but I think this book could have been so much more. You will pardon me if I mourn for what might have been.
You see, while The Politically Incorrect Guide to Hunting is somewhat flawed, it is quite well written and with a little editing and reframing, it might have been a truly important book. It misses that mark, I am afraid. Good, but no blue ribbon.Read more ›
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I would have bought this book, as a hunter, but the writer seems to be some ultra nationalist right winger making political points that have little or nothing to do with hunting. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Master Kush
Very well done. It is an accurrate depiction of the hunter and anti-hunter.Published 11 months ago by mark Steffen
good like all of this line of books, funny and informative all at once, i ave it to my son and he got a kick out of it.Published on February 11, 2014 by wardhill
Should be required reading for all those who would protest hunting because they think Thumper has rights too. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by John K.
This is an excellent book based on fact and reason rather than emotion. The author does an outstanding job of both addressing anti-hunting sentiments but also provides thorough,... Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by modus77
This book has taught me more about hunting than any book I read previously! I definitely hope to take up hunting myself in the near future.Published on October 8, 2013 by Abraham Hoyos